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China and Russia to jointly develop new heavy helicopter


The concept is for a 7 blade, twin-engine design with an aft loading ramp.

The concept is for a 7 blade, twin-engine design with an aft loading ramp.

Chinese news site mil.huanqiu.com says that China is discussing with Russia the development of a new heavy helicopter.

China has no experience in making such heavy helicopters, so wants Russia’s cooperation as China found the Russian Mi-26 heavy helicopter’s performance very satisfactory for the relief work for the earthquake disaster in Wenchuan.

The report says that China hopes to make a heavy helicopter with maximum takeoff weight of 38.2 tons, cruise speed of 300 km/hour, flight ceiling of 5,700 meters, range of 630 km, internal load of 10 tons and external load of 15 tons.

That will be quite an impressive achievement as it is similar in performance to the US CH-53K heavy helicopter, which has a cruise speed of 261 km/hour, range of 852 km, ceiling of 4,383 meters and maximum load of 15.9 tons.

The report continues that Russia proposed the revival of the scrapped Soviet Mi-46 project, but China wants an entirely new project.

Through much discussion, the two countries signed an orientation agreement in May 2015, which has just been officially announced.

The report also says that, according to Russian media, China is strong in synthetic materials, electronic navigation,  and other crucial technology, while Russia is strong in engines, pneumatic design and transmission.

The two countries can supplement each other in developing the helicopter.

The report concludes that China is quite active in discussions with Russia and hopes that the actual work of research and development will begin in 2016, so as to conduct a test flight of the helicopter soon.

The Mi-46 heavy helicopter that the Soviet Union scrapped.

The Mi-46 heavy helicopter that the Soviet Union scrapped.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: mil.huenqiu.com – “Finding a ‘father’ for China’s heavy helicopter: Profound reasons for Chinese-Russian cooperation” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

 

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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